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Waiting tables a real drag for women

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There’s a good chance your waitress is depressed. Nearly 15 percent of women working in the food service industry report having experienced depression in the last year – nearly triple that of their male counterparts, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. And, depression among food workers is among… Continue Reading Waiting tables a real drag for women

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The appropriations bill passed last night in the U.S. Senate contains more than $1.7 million for Colorado projects – none of which are local. The projects include: $200,000 for Mercy Health Foundation in La Plata County to expand its primary care and prevention services $200,000 for Denver Health Medical Center in Denver to expand and… Continue Reading Senate OK’s appropriations bill with Colorado projects

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Four Colorado hospitals are among the top 200 nationwide for best coding practices for Medicare patients.
The University of Colorado Hospital, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Platte Valley Medical Center and Porter Adventist Hospital were included in a report by Ingenix that ranked hospitals by the completeness and accuracy of their medical coding practices used to bill Medicare for inpatient medical services. Continue Reading Colorado hospitals recognized for coding accuracy

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Most of Colorado’s doctors will not see a rate increase for their medical malpractice insurance next year. COPIC insurance company, which covers more than 80 percent of the privately insured doctors in the state, said there would be no rate increase for the second year in a row. The insurance company will also return $12… Continue Reading No rate increase for malpractice insurance next year

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The latest fatal and nonfatal injury figures Nonfatal injuries and illnesses, private industry Total recordable cases 4,085,400 in 2006 Cases involving days away from work 1,183,500 in 2006 Cases involving sprains, strains, tears 503,530 in 2005 Cases involving injuries to the back 270,890 in 2005 Cases involving falls 255,750 in 2005 Total fatalities (all sectors)… Continue Reading Workplace injuries drop to lowest rate in four years

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State lags in child health care

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Colorado’s Health Report Card: Healthy Beginnings C- Healthy Children C- Healthy Adolescents B Healthy Adults B Healthy Aging A- Colorado’s aging population is relatively healthy, but its children rank only average in health care needs and gains. That’s according to the Colorado Health Foundation’s annual report card. The state ranks average or below average on… Continue Reading State lags in child health care

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Memorial sells medical office bldg.

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Ventas Inc.of Louisville, Ky. has purchased Memorial Health System’s 223,000-square-foot medical office building at 175 S. Union Blvd. for $52 million. Hospital CFO Gary Flansburg said the transaction, which also included the sale of second building at 8890 N. Union Blvd. for more than $13.8 million, was completed Oct. 1, following negotiations that began during… Continue Reading Memorial sells medical office bldg.

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Penrose vascular center opens tomorrow

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Penrose Health Center will open its 22,000 square-foot vascular center tomorrow. The center is a joint venture between the Vascular Center of Colorado and the Penrose-St. Francis Heart Institute. It will provide for elective and emergent invasive cardiac needs, including angiography and emergency stent placement, ablations and the entire pacing spectrum, ranging from single-chamber pacing… Continue Reading Penrose vascular center opens tomorrow

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Memorial, Penrose win organ donor award

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Memorial Health System and Penrose Health Center received an award for organ donation excellence from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Medal of Honor is given to hospitals that have been able to sustain a donation rate of 75 percent or more for at least a year and have had at least eight… Continue Reading Memorial, Penrose win organ donor award

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Penrose Health Center’s trauma center has earned verification as a Level II Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Traumas Verification/?Consultation Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers which provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also pre-hospital and rehabilitation treatment. The verification program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing trauma care for all injured patients. Continue Reading Penrose earns verification as Level II Trauma Center

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